According to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM), auto sales in 2014 came in at 23,491,900 units, an increase of 6.9%. While certainly impressive compared with the growth rates of other auto markets such as the BRICS, growth slowed from the 13.9% increase in 2013. For 2015, we forecast sales growth to continue slowing as the Chinese economy weakens and, at the same time, we expect the divergence in passenger car and commercial vehicle sales to endure. In March, the sales of automobiles reached 2,240,600 units, up 40.6% than that of the previous month, and up 3.3% year-on-year (y-o-y).
We forecast auto sales growth to further slow in 2015 to 5.7%. Growth in vehicle sales has been trending lower over the past two years in line with the slowdown in economic growth. With our Country Risk team expecting GDP growth to slow to 6.7% in 2015 compared with 7.4% in 2014, it's reasonable to assume that economic headwinds will weigh on auto sales over the course of the year.
While the electric vehicle (EV) segment experienced strong growth in 2014 (3.2 times 2013), EV sales - amounting to 74,763 units, contributed to less than 0.4% of the 23.4mn vehicles sold in 2013. We believe the sustained growth rates in EV sales will likely result in the government's target of 273,150 sales by 2017 being met.
The supplier market in China is also expected to see strong growth over the coming years, as various regulatory changes bring about opportunities for different market players within the segment. Amidst the ongoing anti-trust crackdown, the after-sales market will benefit from a more level playing field, as original equipment suppliers will be allowed to sell their products directly to consumers and non-authorised dealers. The more heavy handed approach that Beijing is taking to ensure automakers meet fuel economy targets also suggests opportunities for turbochargers.
With the pressing need for an upgrade to the country's road network clearly demonstrated, we...
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BMI Industry Forecasts
Historic data series and forecasts to end- 2019 for all key industry indicators (see list below), supported by explicit assumptions plus analysis of key downside risks to the main forecast, including:
Sales and production of motorcycles in units; total production of units; production by vehicle type (including cars, commercial vehicles, trucks and buses); total vehicle fleet size in units; sales by vehicle type, including passenger cars and commercial vehicles; fleet size by vehicle type, including passenger car, commercial vehicles and motorcycles; total vehicle trade balance in units; vehicle trade balance by vehicle type, including passenger car, commercial vehicle and motorcycle; car ownership measured as car density per 1,000 people.
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